Archive for December, 2015
Class: Premium Compact Car
Dates tested: 10/22/2015 – 10/29/2015
Miles Driven: 158
Fuel Used: 8.1 gallons
As a follow up to our The 10 Slowest Cars of 1981* post, we examine the state of new-car acceleration two years later. As it turns out, things did improve, but not probably as dramatically as shoppers at the time would have liked.
When many folks think “hybrid,” what pops to mind is Toyota’s Prius. While it wasn’t the first of the modern gas/electric combinations, it certainly has been the most popular, frequently selling more than all other hybrids combined.
Now 90 years old, Chrysler is an automotive marque of the classic sort, with a past rich in history and storied product offerings. Ask someone to randomly name a few Chrysler vehicles, and you’re likely to hear model names including Imperial, New Yorker, LeBaron, and maybe Cordoba.
2015 Chevrolet Trax LT FWD
Class: Subcompact Crossover
Miles driven: 296
Fuel used: 10.0 gallons
Class: Subcompact Car
Dates tested: 10/26/2015 – 11/09/2015
Miles Driven: 427
Fuel Used: 12.1 gallons
Depending on who defines it, the automotive “malaise era”—the period of time during which vehicle performance declined steeply, mostly as a result of emissions issues—ended in the early Eighties. That said, what was considered quick by 1983 standards seems pretty quaint today.